Activities

Something for everyone So many ways to explore

Choose below your favorite ways to enjoy Nature to discover what the parks can offer you.

  • Bass Lake Preserve

    11445 Lakeview Road, Munson Township

    This 606-acre park features the 160-acre Bass Lake, a treasured natural resource for many generations, and Spring Brook Sanctuary, a State Nature Preserve protecting Ohio’s last known indigenous population of brook trout. Boating is allowed by permit.

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  • Beartown Lakes Reservation

    18870 Quinn Road, Auburn & Bainbridge Townships

    This 149-acre park features more than 22 acres of open water and a mature beech-maple forest. Three trails total 2.8 miles. Recreation areas include a playground, horseshoe pits, bocce court and tetherball.

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  • Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Park

    7940 Cedar Road, Chester Township

    This 65-acre park attracts wildlife with its diverse habitats. Three trails total 1 mile, and children can have fun on a playground.

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  • Big Creek Park

    9160 Robinson Road, Chardon Township

    This 644-acre park is bisected south to north by the scenic Big Creek, creating a landscape of varied relief. Nine trails total 3.5 miles. Recreation areas include a playground, play area, activity field backstop, sand volleyball court and tetherball.

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  • Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

    15681 Old Rider Road, Burton Township

    This 305-acre park is located within the upper Cuyahoga River watershed and includes Lake Kelso, a pristine glacier-formed kettle lake, and the Charles Dambach Preserve. It is open 6 AM to 9 PM daily. Three trails total 1.52 miles.

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  • Chickagami Park

    17957 Tavern Road (Rt. 168), Parkman Township

    This 139-acre park within the headwaters of the Grand River watershed is primarily wooded and includes wetlands, streams and uplands. Four trails total 1.62 miles. Recreation areas include an activity field backstop, horseshoe pits and tetherball.

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  • Claridon Woodlands

    11383 Claridon Troy Road, Claridon Township

    This 127-acre park is home to forested areas of various ages, two man-made ponds and Cuyahoga River tributaries. Three trails total 2.2 miles. Recreation areas include a ropes course, pump track/single mountain bike track, freeform boulder wall and Nature-based playground.

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  • Eldon Russell Park

    16315 Rapids Road, Troy Township

    This 132-acre park is a favorite for birders, canoers and kayakers along the Upper Cuyahoga River, a state-designated Scenic River. Two trails total 1.26 miles. Children can have fun on a playground here.

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  • Frohring Meadows

    16780 Savage Road, Bainbridge Township

    This 298-acre park features a 100-acre prairie and trails through the woodlands. Two trails total 3.5 miles. All ages can have fun playing tetherball here.

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  • Headwaters Park

    13365 Old State Road (Rt. 608), Claridon & Huntsburg Townships

    This 926-acre park is leased from the City of Akron in a partnership that allows for conservation of natural areas as well as enjoyment of recreation and outdoor education. Five trails total 4.7 miles. A secondary entrance is located at 15055 Mayfield Road (Rt. 322).

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  • Mountain Run Station

    12601 Chardon-Windsor Road, Hambden Township

    This 32-acre park provides access to the central section of The Maple Highlands Trail. Its free-to-use bicycle repair station was donated by the Cleveland Touring Club.

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  • Observatory Park

    10610 Clay Street, Montville Township

    This 1,100-acre park encourages visitors to explore Nature from the ground to the galaxies. Six trails total 3.97 miles. Numerous site features include a trail with interactive "planetary pods," life-sized Great Pyramid cornerstones, and access to the Nassau Astronomical Station.

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  • Orchard Hills Park

    11340 Caves Road, Chester Township

    This 237-acre park, formerly managed as a golf course, is in the process of reclaiming a natural landscape. Six trails total 3.6 miles. Children can have fun on an orchard-themed playground here.

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  • Sunnybrook Preserve

    12474 Heath Road, Chester Township

    This 73-acre park was maintained for horticultural purposes for much of the 20th century. Four trails total 1.64 miles. Recreation areas include horseshoe pits, a bocce court and tetherball.

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  • Swine Creek Reservation

    16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield Township

    This 412-acre park, situated in the countryside among Amish farms, features a working sugarbush and offers access to The Maple Highlands Trail-South. Eleven trails total 6.1 miles. Recreation areas include a playground, activity field backstop, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits and tetherball.

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  • The Maple Highlands Trail

    9280 Ravenna Road, Chardon Township

    This trail’s three sections stretch a total 21.1 miles across the entire county featuring two award-winning covered bridges to the south. Three links to this trail add another 1.08 miles. Horseback riding is only permitted along the south section.

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  • The Rookery

    10110 Cedar Road, Munson Township

    This 562-acre park features the Chagrin River, the old Interurban Railroad Junction, and one of Geauga County’s nesting colonies of Great Blue Heron. Two trails total 1.4 miles. Children can have fun in a play area here.

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  • The West Woods

    9465 Kinsman Road (Rt. 87), Russell & Newbury Townships

    This 902-acre park protects the sandstone ledges of Ansel’s Cave, Silver Creek and its watershed, extensive wetlands and mature forests. Its nature center is a popular attraction with its large wildlife feeding area and hands-on interpretive displays. Nine trails total 6.95 miles.

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  • Tupelo Pond in Big Creek Park

    9373 Ravenna Road, Chardon Township

    This area of Big Creek Park is accessible by two separate entrances, Tupelo Pond in Big Creek Park on Ravenna Road and Bridle Trails at 12000 Woodin Road. Two trails total 2.9 miles. Nearby, Big Creek Park’s main entrance offers nine more trails totaling 3.5 miles.

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  • Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve

    11620 Ravenna Road, Munson Township

    This 101-acre park, donated in memory of Walter C. Best, founder of the nearby Best Sand Corporation, who built its 30-acre lake because of his interest in waterfowl, is home to a rich diversity of plant and animal life. Three trails total 1.6 miles.

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  • Whitlam Woods

    12500 Pearl Road, Hambden Township

    This 187-acre park, part of which is leased from the Geauga County Commissioners, is bisected by deep ravines of two streams that flow into Big Creek. Three trails total 1.1 miles.

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  • Woodin Road Park

    12205 Woodin Road, Chardon Township

    This 4-acre park, the first property to be acquired by the Park District in 1964, is an easy pullover stop with a small parking area and picnic tables.

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